CEI Today: President's climate plan, OMB's weekend report, and unions + govt mismanagement

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
In the News Today



Globalwarming.org: The President’s Illegitimate Climate Plan Lacks Popular Mandate in Any Way, Shape, or Form

There's a conspicuous absence of a popular mandate for EPA’s climate plan for existing power plants, which was unveiled Monday.

During the 2012 Presidential debates, Obama never once mentioned global warming. And Congress explicitly considered the policies that EPA is now proposing to impose. As such, the people’s representatives have spoken to the issue, and they didn’t proceed with policy.

As if that’s not enough, poll after poll demonstrates that the American electorate gives ultra-low priority to global warming. Taken as a whole, the available evidence strongly indicates the President’s climate plan is illegitimate.
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> See also: Broken Record: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Plays the Asthma Card

> Interview William Yeatman



Openmarket.org: The Funnel of Gov — OMB’s 2014 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations

Post image for The Funnel of Gov — OMB’s 2014 Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal RegulationsOver the weekend the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the 2014 Draft Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations. If it draws attention to it at all, the administration will say it’s fiscal year 2013 rules had benefits of up to $81.4 billion annually, while costing just $2.5 billion annually. The problem is only seven rules out of thousands had benefit and cost analysis. > Read More

> See also: Regulations Cost Your Family $15,000 a Year

> Interview Wayne Crews



Workplacechoice.org: Federal Government Mismanagement and Union Official Time

Mismanagement within the federal government may not be at an all-time high, but it is close. Unfortunately, the VA is not the only agency that pays federal employees to conduct union business at inappropriate times. Several agencies granted employees official time during last year’s government shutdown. > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs


JUNE 5 - Upcoming Google hangout on copyright reform

R Street will be
hosting a Google Hangout with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute to discuss copyright reform on Thursday, June 5, at 3 p.m. ET. > More

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CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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